Get Schooled at Brew Thru – Beer University

Find the best beers on the Outer Banks right here…

The Brew Thru “the original drive thru beverage store” sells the largest variety of brands on the Outer Banks from more than 120 breweries for all over the world. When you want to discover an almost unlimited selection of beer styles, make sure you drive on thru one of our 5 Outer Banks locations.

Beer Types

Overall, these are robust and complex with a variety of fruit and malt aromas, ales come in different varieties. They could include Bitters, Milds, Abbey Ales, Pale Ales, Nut Browns & other creations.

Crisp, refreshing with a smooth finish from longer aging. Fact: lagers are the world’s most popular beer (this includes pilseners).

Dry or sweet, flavored with roasted malt barley, oats or certain sugars, stouts & porters are characterized by darkness in color with rich roasted malt flavor.

“Beer Sub-Types”

  • AMBER

This is a versatile beer, Ambers are full bodied malts with aromas that have a hint of caramel, these beers could be either lager or ale.

  • BLONDE

Blonde ales are very pale in color and usually are clear, crisp, and dry, with low-to-medium bitterness having an aroma from hops and some sweetness from malt.

  • BROWN

Dark amber or brown in color, brown ales show an evidence of caramel and chocolate flavors which can have a slightly citrus accent or they can be strong, malty or nutty, depending on the origin of brewing.

  • CREAM

Very mild and sweet golden style of ale.

  • DARK

Dark ale has its origins in England, with a combination of hops, yeast with a blend of malts. Always a medium chestnut brown color having a delicate fruity smell and robust, malty character.

  • LIGHT

Very light in color, mild in flavor. Light beers have fewer calories and usually with lower alcohol percentage.

  • FRUIT

Almost all fruit beers are ales but, they usually don’t carry an ale character. In order to allow for the fruit flavor to come through nicely, the malt’s flavor is not dominant giving a low bitterness level to the beer.

  • INDIA PALE ALE

This is hoppier rendition of pale ale. HISTORY LESSON: First brewed in the United Kingdom with extra hops to survive the journey to British troops stationed all the way in India.

  • PALE

Pale ale is a fruity, copper-coloured style. It came from (you guessed it) England. Pale ales are robust beers that are enjoyed with spicy foods.

  • PILSNER

Made with neutral and hard water. Tend to be golden in colour with a dry, crisp, and somewhat bitter flavor. Pilsner stands out from other lagers due to its more distinctive hop taste.

  • SPECIALTY

Specialty beers include a diversity of styles like: Strong beers, fruit beers, honey beers, bock beers. These beers will range in alcohol content from 5.0% – 9%.

  • WHEAT

Light and easy to drink with very little aftertaste. Wheat provides a soft character to beer and is sometimes hazy or cloudy with a touch of spice notes.